TheAspenStand: 5 Life Lessons Observed From Our Dogs Behavior

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

5 Life Lessons Observed From Our Dogs Behavior

(Updated 11/15/2017)

Posing On A Walk

1. Find Excitement In Some Part Of Tasks You Have To Do

They get excited hopping into the Jeep for a ride, at the sound of the ATV's starting up in the garage, at the site of a pond, an old toy found out in the grass or under a chair, other dogs, and so much more.

LESSON: You may not be excited about a particular task but surely you can find something related to it to get you excited about and get you through it. 

2. Take Time To Enjoy The World Around You

Dogs are much like children who look at things in amazement even if they have seen it, sniffed it or been there before. I can take them on the same trail for several consecutive walks and they are just as happy as the first day we walked that trail. 

LESSON: It has taught me to do the same with many daily tasks. I look for something new that I hadn't seen before. I look at new ways to do a daily routine task to make it more of a challenge or more fun. I find ways to learn something new, test new scents and change up what is routine yet still get it done.

3. Enjoy The Company You Keep

Happy Trails On The RV Couch
I realized a long time ago that dogs are just happy to be around their human companions (unfortunately even with humans who don't treat their companions well). They are happy to see you when you wake up, happy to see you enter the house even if you were only gone for 10 minutes or 10 hours. We took our two dogs on a long road trip and vacation. We weren't quite sure how they would handle the long drives. They were just happy to be with us and slept every time the vehicle went in motion.

LESSON: When you are with people you are happy to be with~MAKE THE MOST OF IT. Put away those techie devices and share conversation. Don't make yourself miserable by spending a lot of time with people who try to bring you down. It may be impossible to completely avoid those type people but I'm sure you can find a way to limit the time.

4. Be Attentive To Others 

We've Got Our Eyes On You Mom
I have to say 98 percent of the time the dogs listen and watch me intently.  I laugh while singing or talking as they tilt their heads, wag their tails or walk over for a scratch to let me know they are there for me. If I move out of sight into another room and don't immediately return, they check in to see if they need to find space to lie down in that room and keep an eye on me. I set up a feather bed on the floor in the corner of my home office where dogs and cats make it a favorite spot. I can look over there and see sleepy eyes peeking at me just waiting to listen.

LESSON: I too have to learn to LISTEN better but just being attentive to people who are normally around you can help give a better sense of how they are really doing. Ask questions, let them talk and LISTEN.

5. Go With The Flow

I am well aware that dogs can sense many things about humans. Even before I make a move to gather our morning walk items, Gavin, the Border Collie starts watching my every move. I'm just thinking about what I need to get and he's already sensing the move. If I grab keys at that point, he's pretty sure "it's on" and the exuberance dance begins. Since they often travel with me wherever I go, the keys generally mean we're going somewhere. But they can sense the times when I'm leaving them at home and they make the best of the situation. I'll see them climb up on the chairs or take a spot on the floor and get comfortable. They accept the situation and rest up for the excitement of my return.

LESSON: Plans change, people are busy, and nothing is certain so if schedules change we need to make the best of the situation and learn to work it out with the exuberance of happy dogs.
Ready Whenever You Are Human
I know this sounds all rosy, I can imagine eyes rolling, and minds saying you don't know my life. You're right, I don't but you too can reevaluate and make decisions on what best works for you.

Now go out there and find ways to enjoy life like a dog. Oh and please leave a comment to share your thoughts on the post or your dog stories. 


  1. Wonderfyl analogies and life lessons. Was an owner of a full grown collie and I know all you say is so. I'd add the amount of love they give you is immeasurable. Lesson- we can do the same.

    1. Roslyn,
      Thank you so much for stopping by to check out the post and for taking the time to comment here and on Facebook. Yes, you are so right about the amount of love they give and we CAN do the same. Thank you again.

  2. Love it! Thanks for the reminder!!! I needed that!

  3. Thank you so much Beth for taking the time to check out the post and leave a comment. Just remember to take that cue from your four legged buddies and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

  4. Terrific tips of lessons to be learned from our dog family members. We really do need to practice with people, and with our dogs, these important things, every day.

  5. Thank you so much Ruth for taking time to stop by and to leave a comment. These guys keep me on my toes and appreciating life everyday. Thank you for the support on Tsu also.


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